Maggie Tharp

Earls’ remodeled restaurant wows with décor and food

The Colorado Statesman

If you haven’t been to Earls Kitchen and Bar in the past few months, it might be time for a visit. After a full renovation and menu revamp, the delightful restaurant — which Earls’ staff admits was “dated” — has caught up with Denver’s fast-moving dining scene.

Chef Hashimoto brings authentic ramen to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

Ramen. Despite its growing popularity in the U.S., the Japanese noodle dish is still largely associated with those savory, sodium-packed, dried cakes of noodles popular with college students and journalists everywhere. While it’s true that pre-packaged ramen packs a pretty big caloric bang for your buck, it’s a far cry from authentic ramen. With a rising number of ramen restaurants, Denver seems to be catching on to the trend that is already wildly popular in many large metropolitan areas. One of the newest members of the scene?

Zengo’s Taste of Cabo menu available through Dec. 31

The Colorado Statesman

You’re going to go to Zengo and you’re going to like it. That’s not an order; it’s a prediction.

Best bets for GOP dining in Boulder & Broomfield

The Colorado Statesman

There’s nothing like a lengthy political gathering to whet your appetite. Remember the Republican marathon state assembly back in 2006 that lasted through late afternoon after gubernatorial hopeful Marc Holtzman demanded a recount of the votes?

This year’s GOP event takes place Saturday, April 12 at the Coors Events Center at CU-Boulder, alma mater of Republican State Chairman Ryan Call, and after a full day of nominations — Governor, U.S. Senate, CD 4 — plus resolutions and speeches, you’ll likely be famished.

For choice — and choice cuts of meat — there’s Work & Class

The Colorado Statesman

Science tells us that having too many choices can be almost debilitating and can, contrary to what you might think, cause us to be less happy with our ultimate decision because of the nagging feeling that we could have done better. But what if every choice is equally tantalizing, delicious and satisfying as is the case at one of Denver’s newest restaurants, Work & Class?

Voodoo Doughnut brings hype, sugar highs to Denver

The Colorado Statesman

It’s a busy life when you’re Denver’s mayor; press conferences, policy debates — doughnut store openings. That’s right, the grand opening of the sometimes-quirky, sometimes-controversial boutique doughnut chain Voodoo Doughnut, which previously only had locations in Oregon, was a big enough deal that Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made an appearance. Unless you’ve heard about Voodoo and their expansive array of pastries, including the “Captain My Captain” doughnut, topped with, you guessed it, Captain Crunch; the “Voodoo Doll doughnut,” complete with pretzel stick pin inserted; and a mishmash of fried dough, Oreo crumbles, chocolate frosting and peanut butter called – pardon my French – the “Old Dirty Bastard,” it’s probably baffling why a doughnut shop garners this much attention.

The new kid on the block: Humboldt Farm Fish Wine

The Colorado Statesman

Oh, Humboldt Farm Fish Wine, you sly dog, you. Winning my heart before I even had a chance to taste your food with the siren song of “Complimentary Valet” — music to any urban foodie’s ears. For a new restaurant with a lot to prove, the free valet service is a clever ploy. There’s nothing that kills the appetite more than getting into veritable knife fights with all the other hungry hipsters in the Denver metro area just to have a few bites of bao bun.

Cherry Creek Republican Women strut their stuff!

Style meets substance at unique vintage fashion show
The Colorado Statesman

A-line skirts; tapered waists; simple sheaths; muslin, taffeta and lace – these fashion mainstays never go out of style, as was evident at the Cherry Creek Republican Women’s third biennial Vintage Fashion Show held Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Red Lion Hotel in Aurora. Held to raise money for the club, the fashion show featured outfits spanning nearly a century of style, with clothing from the 1890s to the 1980s.

“Each one was different and it was fun,” said Andi Allott, 1st vice president-membership of the CCRW and one of the main coordinators of this event.